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35th Children’s Miracle Network Telethon to air June 3 on WGAL-TV8

A young boy in a polo shirt holds up a plastic heart model. The step-and-repeat background has Penn State Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals logos.

Henry Thomas holds a 3D model of his own heart.

The 35th annual Children’s Miracle Network Telethon benefitting Penn State Children’s Hospital will air Monday, June 3 from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. on WGAL-TV 8. The telethon will be broadcast from the Children’s Hospital (1st floor, Treehouse Café).

Telethon segments highlighting stories of children who have received life-saving care at the Children’s Hospital will air throughout WGAL’s regular programming from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. The telethon will be featured during WGAL’s News 8 at 6 p.m. followed by a live finale from 7 to 8 p.m. This year, funds will support the purchase of a new pediatric ambulance.

A few of the children who will be featured include:

  • 12-year-old Lilly Isbell of York Haven, who was born at 29 weeks after her mom was critically injured in a vehicle accident. Lilly suffered a brain bleed and needed heart surgery. Lilly designed this year’s Telethon t-shirt, which will be given to donors who pledge $35 monthly. View a video about Lilly.
  • 3-year-old Joella Migliori of Lewisberry, who was born with VACTERL association, a disorder that affects several body systems. She was transported to Penn State Children’s Hospital via a pediatric ambulance that was purchased by donors to the 2011 Children’s Miracle Network Telethon. Joella endured 15 surgeries before she was six months old. View a video about Joella.
  • 4-year-old Henry Thomas of Boiling Springs, who needed heart surgery after being diagnosed with coarctation of the aorta. To help plan for surgery, his medical team made an exact replica of his heart using 3D printing. Donations to Children’s Miracle Network have supported the 3D printing program. View a video about 3D heart printing.
A young girl sits with her body facing away from the camera, but her head is turned toward the camera, smiling. She leans on her left arm.

Lilly Isbell

Telethon viewers will be encouraged to make a donation by calling 1-877-543-7365 or visiting or At the conclusion of the telethon, Children’s Miracle Network will announce the total money raised for the 2018-2019 fundraising year.

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